Our Facilitators

“My love of food…cooking and eating, combined with a desire to work with children has led me to Kids’ Test Kitchen. This is a dream job for me! I have a certificate in Culinary Arts and a great sense of humor. My husband loves when I try new recipes. Thai food, nature, and my two furry ones (cats) make me happy.”

Karen M.

“My favorite things in life are food, bicycles, and adventure. I am a trained pastry chef, climbing coach, welding instructor, and bicycle builder as well as food and nutrition educator. Pictured is a grill set up made from bicycle parts on a recent trip to Lithuania, to teach teens how to build and maintain art/chopper bicycles. Inspiring others to learn and try new things keeps me moving forward. If you find me in Somerville, commuting by tall bike, be sure to yell “Hi, Pastry Queen!”

Jay D.

“Growing up with parents who were born and raised in Italy, I was taught at an early age the importance of food, family, and friends. Cooking is a passion of mine and I as got older and had children of my own, I try extremely hard to provide homemade healthy meals for them as often as possible.”

Danielle M.

“I am a happily married mom of two. I grew up in New England and will always be a New England girl – even though I have it on my bucket list to see Alaska. I am an unapologetic fan of the tv show, Survivor. The three most important things in my life are family, food, and music.”

Katie P.

“I’ve been teaching for 20 years (mostly third grade). I grew up in a house with a Culinary Institute Graduate (my dad). I’ve always enjoyed being in the kitchen. It’s my zen spot. I feel strongly that picky eaters are made not born. For that reason, I think it’s important to expose kids to all kinds of foods as early as possible. I love cooking with my husband, my two boys, and with my KTK kids. It’s my two favorite worlds combined!”

Kristen F.

“I’m a retired event planner and cooking enthusiast! I graduated from Widener University’s hotel and restaurant program with a love of all things food and hospitality. I’m passionate about good health and eating habits and strive to help kids learn to love nutritious foods. In addition to teaching with Kids’ Test Kitchen, I work for the Melrose Family YMCA! I am a wife and step mama to a fantastic 15 year old, a dog and 3 cats.”

Kim C.

“I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Health Coach. I love to share my passion for living a healthy lifestyle through hands on learning in the kitchen. Introducing new foods to kids is so much fun and empowers them to make healthy choices! When I am not cooking I love to run, do yoga, garden and spend time with my family and my English setter, Fletcher.”

Mary H.

“Nutrition is a true passion of mine, and I truly believe that kids can learn to share that passion at an early age. I recently completed my Master’s in Nutrition Science & Policy, and I’m excited to start sharing my enthusiasm for healthy living with the world. I love working with kids, because they are ready to soak up what the world has to offer them. My favorite style of food to eat is Indian, however, I haven’t quite mastered cooking it. My go to meal is a stir-fry full of lots of fresh vegetables. In my spare time, I love hiking, running, woodworking, and spending time with my tiny orange cat.”

Devon T.

“I hold a BS in Dietetics, and I am also a certified trained chef. I have worked in various aspects of the food service industry including hospitals, corporations and as a Culinary School Instructor. I moved to Massachusetts in 2016 for her husband, Sean, to take a role with Keurig Green Mountain. I’ve taken a few years off to be with my 2 daughters during their preschool and elementary years. My daughters, ages 10 and 7, are huge helpers in the kitchen. They help prepare dinners weekly doing much of the preparation work as well as becoming very good pastry chefs.
Before moving to Massachusetts, I was part of an organization that introduced healthy choices through ingredients and cooking methods. From this experience, I decided this was the next stop in my career path which brought me to Kids’ Test Kitchen.
I am excited to be part of the KTK team and I’m looking forward to bringing my passion of cooking to your children.

Nicci C.

“I am a mom, teacher and nutrition enthusiast. With a diploma in Nutrition from Shaw Academy, I enjoy engaging kids in the process of cooking nutritious and delicious meals that allow them to be creative and have a sense of ownership in the food they eat. I believe this results in building a strong foundation in healthy and nutritious diet/lifestyle choices that will serve them well for years to come. I also enjoy using the cooking process to develop math skills in a fun, interactive way.”

Jen K.

“Hi! I’m Emily. I am a recent graduate from the Maryland University of Integrative Health with a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition. I am currently studying for my licensure exam, seeing clients, and leading workshops around the community on things like postpartum nutrition, pediatric nutrition, and healthy eating for busy families. On a personal note, I am the mom of the sweetest little boy and the wife of the most wonderful husband. My hobbies include cooking, exercising, taking ballet barre classes, and hanging out with the people I love the most.

Emily K.

“I am a grade 8 science teacher in Westford and have been teaching science for 21 years. I am married, live in Tewksbury, and I have two teenage boys. When I got married, I realized that I had a passion for cooking and hosting dinner parties. I really became invested in healthy cooking when I took a class in the past with a nutritionist holistic coach and I learned so much from that class. I really enjoy helping kids and love to bring out their desire to cook healthy food. As a Facilitator in Kids’ Test Kitchen, I have a wonderful opportunity to experience this and I am truly grateful!”

Maria S.

“I am a registered dietitian and enthusiastic home cook who loves getting to work with children! Originally from Ohio, I received my Master of Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I live with my husband, David, and 1 year old daughter, Jane, who loves spending time with me in the kitchen. My favorite things to make and eat include sauerkraut, spring rolls, and birthday cakes.”

Elizabeth A.

” I am certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach and am a licensed Pretzel Kids Yoga Instructor. As part of the Kids Test Kitchen, I look forward to inspiring young children to embrace wellness by teaching them how to cook nutritious foods and share with their families. At home, I reinforce creativity and holistic alternatives by letting children explore and experiment with healthy recipes and cooking skills. I enjoy running, yoga, meditation and writing, all of which help maintain balance across several aspects of my life.” 

Sheena M.

” I am currently attending Johnson & Wales University for Culinary Nutrition with a concentration in clinical dietetics. I plan to focus on pediatric nutrition upon graduating, and have a passion for teaching kids the value of healthy eating. I find joy in sharing my knowledge in culinary arts and building skills that will help kids in their future.”

Christian R.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates (400 BCE)

” I am a Physical Therapist and more recently a Certified Nutrition Specialist. I love sharing healthy food ideas to promote and support overall wellness. When a client tries a new recipe, (with ingredients they didn’t think they would like), and it becomes a favorite . . . that is the ultimate reward! I grew up on Cape Cod and enjoy beach walks year round, cooking, gardening and being active outdoors with my husband and two cats.

Barbara B.

” Hello! My name is Mary and I am a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Nutrition; Clinical Dietetics. I have a passion for cooking, as well as nutrition which is why I chose my degree. I love incorporating the two together cohesively to ensure adequate health for all ages. I have more than 4 years experience working with children/adolescents as a camp counselor and I have taught culinary classes with a combined program with Brown University medical students and recently completed my internship at Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, teaching students that food is medicine. ”

Mary T.

“I am a registered dietitian and foodie at heart! I am a food service manager at BIDMC but also love pursuing my passion of working with children and spreading my knowledge of nutrition. When I’m not cooking, I enjoy hiking, zumba, and being an Auntie. My favorite things to eat include pho, homemade pizza, and anything sweet potato. My favorite meal to cook is my mom’s macaroni and cheese recipe. “

Sarah L.